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Dodge Commissioners: No Action on Airport Land Sale

Dodge Commissioners: No Action on Airport Land Sale

The Dodge County Board of Commissioners met Monday evening in their regularly scheduled, 1st Monday, bi-monthly, meeting. With an above normal amount of audience in attendance, the Commissioners left everyone hanging without announcing a decision on the river land sale.

Commissioners handled their routine business of approving the minutes of previous meetings. They heard from Sheriff Lynn Sheffield that the new jail is still leaking despite recent attempts by the contractor to repair it. Sheffield further reported that potential Jailers are being interviewed for the new jail and it could be ready to open by the middle of June if the leaks are repaired.

Dodge Co. Airport Authority to Sell River Land

Dodge Co. Airport Authority to Sell River Land

The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority met this morning in a special called meeting to handle a proposed river land sale.

The river land has been the subject of recent debate and legal actions between the Airport Authority and the Dodge County Commissioners. The said a tract of land apparently borders property at the river where the new boat landing is being built. When the Airport Authority announced and advertised to sell the property some time ago, the Dodge County Commissioners objected to the sale and had their attorney obtain a court injunction, issued by Judge Sara Wall, preventing the Authority from selling the property. 

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Dodge Co. Airport Authority Rejects County Commissioners Request

Dodge Co. Airport Authority Rejects County Commissioners Request

In a Special Called Meeting of the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority, members voted to reject a request from the Dodge County Board of Commissioners.

The Commissioners had met in an Emergency Called meeting earlier today and voted to request that the Airport Authority table its pending sale of river land to the public because Dodge County is interested in developing said property for wetland mitigation or other public purposes and because the property was paid for with public funds.

Emergency/Called Meetings in Dodge

Emergency/Called Meetings in Dodge

In last-minute actions, it has been announced that Judge Sara Wall has recended her previous stop order against the Dodge County Airport Authority. The Airport Authority immediately put out word for a Special Called meeting today at 2 p.m. at the airport.

Dodge County Commissioners in turn put out notice of an Emergency Called meeting for 12 p.m. today. Immediately upon calling the meeting to order, Commissioners voted to go into executive session.

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Eastman Airport Authority Has its Day in Court

Eastman Airport Authority Has its Day in Court

Superior Court Judge Sarah Wall heard arguments Thursday in a preliminary hearing about the temporary restraining order previously issued against the Airport Authority to not enter into any long term actions.

Dodge County Board of Commissioners Attorney John Herrington argued the order should continue intact, except that an agreement was reached that would allow the Authority to go forward with a repair project for the glide slope landing equipment. 

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Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

 

The 2013 session officially came to an end on March 28 as the Senate adjourned Sine Die.  The term "Sine Die" is Latin for "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.”  Therefore, when the gavel came down on Thursday night, the General Assembly adjourned until January 2014 and wrapped up the 40-day legislative session.  Sine Die is filled with time-honored traditions and is a long day for all those involved.  Legislators and staff remained busy working until the midnight cut-off time to ensure a fully examined balanced budget and the deliberation of over 60 pieces of legislation.  

Negotiations Break Down on Georgia's Firearms Bill


ATLANTA (AP) - Gun laws in Georgia will not change in 2013.

House leaders said they could not come to an agreement with key senators over whether to expand gun possession rights on college campuses in Georgia.

While a conference committee released a compromise plan late Thursday, lawmakers supporting it acknowledged they did not have the support to force a vote before a midnight deadline. Any bills that don't pass by the final adjournment fail.

Both sides had agreed to allow local K-12 school boards to choose whether to arm certain school employees and allow churches to choose whether to allow concealed weapons on their property.

But House members wanted to relax restrictions for college students. Senate leaders sided with college executives who want to keep their existing bans on concealed weapons.